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Ukraine’s Parliament appeals to international community due to Russia’s aggression in Azov Sea

MPs worked out this regulation to the UN, European Parliament, PACE, NATO PA, OSCE, GUAM, and the national parliaments of the word states
10:00, 27 November 2018

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The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine has adopted the draft regulation #9341, which appeals to the international community concerning the aggression of Russia against Ukraine. 272 MPs voted in the affirmative as 112 Ukraine reported.

The document was presented by Hanna Hopko, Chairman of Foreign Affairs Committee.

“We have worked out this regulation to the UN, European Parliament, PACE, NATO PA, OSCE, GUAM, the national parliaments of the word states due to the act of aggression of the Russian Federation against Ukraine. What do we want in it? We express the strong protest to the aggressive actions and we demand, particularly from Russia, to provide the urgent medical assistance to wounded Ukrainian sailors, their immediate safe return to Ukraine and return of illegally seized military property,” Hopko said.

Related: Russia handed protest note to Ukraine's Chargé d'Affaires

Adopting the regulation, the MPs urged the international community to assume the effective measures to stop the Russian aggression on both, land and sea, including the use of the new sanctions and extension of the current until the full recovery of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine in the internationally recognized borders.

“We offer the international organizations to send the observed to the region of the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov and Kerch Strait and offer the sea states to send the military vessels to the region to prevent the further escalation from the side of Russia,” she added.

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Hopko emphasized that the parliament urges the international partners to increase the provision of the military and other kinds of assistance to Ukraine for the protection of the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine.

“We urge the international community to adequately respond to the challenges and threats incurred by the Russian Federation as the policy of appeasement has already led to the occupation of the part of the territory of Ukraine. We also emphasize that the construction of the Nord Stream 2 meets the interest of Russia, and it threatens the security of the whole Baltic region and Northern Europe,” Hopko noted.

Related: European Parliament calls Russia for de-escalation in Azov area

As we reported earlier, the coast guard ships of the Russian Navy acted aggressively against the ships of the Ukrainian Navy, which have been carrying out a scheduled transition from Odesa port to Mariupol port in the Sea of Azov. 

The Verkhovna Rada adopted the draft law approving as a whole a presidential decree on the imposition of martial law in Ukraine.

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